GREGORIAN PILGRIM CENTRE
(DIOCESE OF BOMBAY)
MAR GREGORIOS ORTHODOX SYRIAN CHURCH
SION – TROMBAY ROAD, CHEMBUR, MUMBAI – 71
The 113th Sacred Feast of St. Gregorios
01st to 08th November 2015
His Grace Joshua Mar Nicodimos
(Metropolitan of Nilackal Diocese)
Geevarghese Mar Gregorios, fondly called Parumala Kochuthirumeni was a man of God, who lived not according to the way of the flesh but according to the law of God. Those who met him were deeply touched and impressed by his unassuming life and purity of conscience. On the 2nd November 1902; the spirit of the holy man was committed into the hands of the Heavenly Father. In 1947, The Holy Episcopal Synod canonized and proclaimed him a Saint of the Malankara Orthodox Church. His intercession has been fruitful to thousands of people who sought it, during his life and even after his death. His tomb at Parumala is the refuge for thousands of people from different cultures, languages and religions, who are in distress and seek solace and comfort. Let us glorify God for the sacred life of Mar Gregorios and imitate the spiritual pursuit.
Mar Gregorios Orthodox Syrian Church, Chembur
A Unique Place of Sacred Presence and Intercession of Parumala Thirumeni
For the first time in the history of the Orthodox Community in Mumbai, the Blessed Feast of St. Gregorios was celebrated at Chembur on the 02nd November 1973. It was a golden opportunity for thousands of devotees and faithful in Mumbai to participate in the Feast of the Saint and be blessed. Thenceforth Chembur Church is popularly known as ‘Parumala of Bombay’. Many people from various Christian denominations and even people of other faith have their own experiences at this place, receiving God’s grace and thereby happiness and healing of body and mind, through the prayers of Parumala Thirumeni.
Gregorian Pilgrim Centre of Bombay Diocese
As the Church was consecrated, a meditation room was set apart later in the year 1996 where the Holy Relics of Parumala Thirumeni is venerably enshrined. Considering the status as the First Church in Mumbai, dedicated to the Sacred Memory of St. Gregorios of Parumala and its popularity and recognition by thousands of faithful as a place blessed with the special spiritual presence and intercession of the Saint, His Holiness Moran Mar Baselius Marthoma Paulose II the Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan elevated and declared Mar Gregorios Orthodox Syrian Church Chembur to be the ‘Gregorian Pilgrim Centre’ of Bombay, on 10th November 2013.
People from far and near irrespective of faith, caste and culture visit and offer their prayers and thanksgiving for the blessings they have received by the intercession of the Saint. The Chapel now provides facility to spend quality time in personal prayer and meditation invoking the intercession of Parumala Thirumeni in a tranquil surrounding.
- Holy Qurbana and special prayers are offered in the Chapel every Friday at 7 PM.
- Fasting Prayer and Meditation – Every 2nd & 4th Fridays from 9 AM to 11 AM.
- Special prayers are offered on request by devotees in the intercession of Parumala Thirumeni and in the Holy Qurbana.
We invite and welcome one and all to the sacred presence of Parumala Thirumeni at Gregorian Pilgrim Centre and be blessed through his most valued intercession.
May the prayers of St. Gregorios be a blessing to each one of us to lead a righteous life!
HG Joshua Mar Nicodimos
01 November Sunday
8.30 AM to 11.00 AM
6.30 AM to 8.30 AM
|Tri-Altar Holy Qurbana
7 PM to 8.30 PM
| Holy Qurbana
7.00 PM to 8.30 PM
| Evening Worship &
|7.00 PM to 8.00 PM
8.00 PM to 9.00 PM
| Evening Worship
Commemorative Procession (Rasa)
Apostolic Benediction & Nercha
8.30 AM to11.30 AM
HG Joshua Mar Nicodimos
Benediction and Nercha
Contact – Vicar: Cell: +91-989 212 9033 Parsonage: +91-22- 2520 7251
Fr. Jacob Koshy Thomas K C Paulose VC Pavalov Chorattil
Vicar/ Chairman Lay Vice Chairman Hon. Treasurer Hon. Secretary
Jt. Secretary: Thomas VJ; Managing Committee Members: Saji Mathew, Reny Varghese, Jacob Varghese,
Sajan Thomas, Rex Kurian, James George, Thomas Mathew, Anil George, Shaji Mathai, Aji Mathew, Alexander VP;
Ex-Officio: Oommen T. Alex, Int. Auditor: Chacko CD. Sabha M.C. Member: Shri. PJ Chandy.
Today in the early morning heard a horrible news that the Panagitsa Greek Orthodox Church in Montreal, Canada, has been destroyed by fire. Let us pray for this our sister community because the Greek community of Montreal are very sad since they loved this Church very much. Thank God the faithful flock are safe, and then again the Church is not the stones but her very own people! The Church will be reborn from its ashes by the grace of God. Evil forces can destroy our Churches build by stone, they cannot destroy our faith. Lord have mercy.
On behalf of His Holiness Moran Mar Baselius Marthoma Paulos II, the Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan, H.G Zachariahas Mar Anthonios, the Diocesan Metropolitan of Kollam, distributed Roji Roy Compassion fund to her parents, in a function held at St Gabriel Orthodox Church on 9th April,2015. A Corpus fund of 16 lakhs deposited in bank to take care of her parents who are deaf and mute. Out of this 16 lakhs, Rs 1 lakhs by His Holiness , Rs 2 Lakhs by OCYM, Dubai and the rest amount (13 lakhs )were collected by ICON Charities.Malankara Sabha will take care of the educational needs of Roji’s brother Robin, who is studying in 9th grade. This is a moment of pride for each church member, experiencing the caring nature of our dear Bava Thirumeni beyond imagination.
Roji Roy, the 19 year old daughter of Mrs. Sajitha and Mr. Roy of Nallila, near Kottarakkara was a nursing student at Kerala Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. She was a very active teenager in her parish, St. Gabriel Orthodox Church, Nallila. She was a member of the parish choir and an energetic Sunday school teacher. Beyond all, she was the hope, dream and voice of her parents who are deaf and mute.
On Nov. 6th, 2014, she reportedly committed suicide after falling from the tenth floor of KIMS hospital according to the hospital authorities. She was allegedly involved in a ragging case. It is reported that she was brought to the Principal’s office for questioning, where she was asked to bring her parents, who are deaf and mute, and was told that she can’t take the upcoming yearly exam. She was under distress at the thought of causing pain to her family, and it is suspected that she committed suicide. The death itself remains to be a mystery. The relatives and neighbors say that there is no convincing reason for her death. Though the hospital authorities state that it is a suicide, the whole story is shrouded with mystery. The frontline media also keeps quiet about the episode. However the social media has taken up the issue and hopefully some inquiry can be expected. The family and friends are concerned about the silence of the main stream media and the hospital authorities. There are calls for thorough investigation, largely from the social media.The unexpected death of Roji is a traumatic blow to the family. Whatever be the outcome of the police investigation, the fact is that a bright girl has lost her life leaving the dreams and hopes of a poor family to ashes. Her relatives have been helping with Roji’s education. With the death of Roji, her younger brother who is in 7th Grade, and the parents are struggling for survival.
After reading about the sad plight of Roji’s family, many members of the church, especially OCYM members have been calling for help. ICON Volunteers looked at how we can help the family. We have been in touch with Rev. Fr. PA Philip of Devalokam (Malankara Orthodox Human Empowerment Department) to find more information about the family. Respected Philip Achen had contacted Rev. Fr. John Geevarghese (Mithun Achen), the Vicar of St. Gabriel Orthodox Church, Nallila, and found out that the family deserves support as no substantial help is offered from any quarters so far. ICON Charities have been in contact with Mithun Achen to assess the needs of the family. Respected Philip Achen discussed the need of this family with Holiness Bava Thirumeni. Bava Thirumeni would like to gather as much support as possible to the family. To be in the fore front of this campaign, His Holiness Bawa Thirumeni has offered to donate Rs.100,000 ( Rupees One lakh) and shall visit the parents of Roji very shortly. His Holiness wished that understanding the pathetic situation of the family, many people with Christian compassion would come forward to help this family and alleviate their misery.
Reported by ICON Charities
HH Baselius Marthoma Paulos II,the Catholicos of the East appointed Fr. Dr. Reji Mathew , former Principal of St Thomas Orthodox Theological Seminary,Nagpur as the new Director General of OSSAE from 2015 May 1.Congratulations Achen.
His Holiness Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, the Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan has graciously appointed Dr Varghese Punnoose (HOD,Psychiatry, Kottayam Medical College) as the honorary Secretary of the Orthodox Medical Forum. Dr Siby Tharakan (Former Associate Director of Ecumenical Christian Centre, Bangalore) is appointed as the Director of Emotional Support Helpline under the Ministry of Human Empowerment of Malankara Orthodox Church.
Hearty congratulations to both the personalities.
Dr. Varghese Punnose: +91 9447085734
Dr Siby Tharakan: +91 9446029859
www.bombayorthodoxdiocese.org is inaugurated by H.G.Dr.Yoohanon Mar Dioscorus, in presence of H.G.Geevarghese Mar Coorilos and H..Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios on the occasion of the silver Jubilee celebrations of the diocesan centre and memorial feast of Alwares Mar Julius and Dr.Philipos Mar Theophilus of blessed memories today morning at Vashi Aramana.